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White Paper: Great Coaches: Not Only for the World of Sports

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White Paper: Great Coaches: Not Only for the World of Sports

Patricia Allen, EdD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN

Recall a past sports team experience. Now, think about a previous sports coach and the qualities exhibited by this coach. Chances are, the qualities you admired most were the coach’s passion for the sport and his/her expertise in guiding the team to victory. Transferring these qualities of passion and expertise to clinical instruction is a very effective clinical teaching methodology.

One Texas school of nursing decided to employ practicing BSN nurses who were passionate about the profession and were experienced clinicians, to serve as “coaches” for second-degree baccalaureate students’ clinical learning. This type of coaching fosters learner confidence and builds competence and expertise as the “coach” engages/teaches the student in the practice environment…

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